Your excellencies, it’s hard to write a headline or a lead dealing with the intricacies of election law that serves as what’s now known as click bait.
The subject matter, the complexity — the difficulty of getting across that not every voter will have photo identification with their current home address (and I’d hazard a guess that just about everyone in this room tonight could do that) — these are stories that require explanation and deconstruction and finding new voices to explain and illustrate them.
I’d like to thank our employer The Canadian Press for giving us the time and resources to fully explore such a deeply unsexy topic day after day.
But we should not let the technicality of the story diminish its importance. I have great faith in Canadians to use the blunt instrument of democracy to guide our governance. But the public needs good and full information – and I pay tribute to the fine work of so many of you in this hall tonight — and it needs a fair and level playing field when it comes time to exercise the franchise.
The surest way to undermine the legitimacy of a democratically elected government is to undermine public trust in the electoral system used to choose that government.
Thank-you to the Michener judges for confirming that’s story worth reporting.